ALLSTON, Mass. - The Boston University men's ice hockey team opened up the second half of its season on Saturday evening and had a third-period comeback fall short in a 7-4 road loss to Harvard at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
BU (7-9-2) scored three power-play goals, including two in the final period to cut a three-goal deficit to one, but Harvard freshman Sean Malone notched a shorthanded goal while killing off a late major penalty and added an empty netter to help the Crimson improve to 5-7-2.
The Terriers opened the scoring in the first minute of play with a goal from junior Cason Hohmann, who returned to the lineup after missing five games with a shoulder injury.
Harvard, however, reeled off the game's next three goals to take a lead they would not relinquish. Freshman Phil Zielonka scored the first two goals of his collegiate career for the Crimson.
Freshman Dillon Lawrence cut the Harvard lead to 3-2 when he recorded his first goal as a Terrier. In the third, sophomore Danny O'Regan tallied his team-best sixth goal of the season on a power play before classmate Ahti Oksanen added another man-up tally to make it a 5-4 contest.
Harvard held a 32-24 shot advantage, as sophomores Matt O'Connor (15 ) and Sean Maguire (10 ) combined to make 25 saves in the BU goal. Senior Raphael Girard picked up the win with a 20-save performance.
BU will return to action on Wednesday (Jan. 8) when it plays host to Dartmouth. Game time is set for 7 p.m.